Colorado tied it when Valeri Nichushkin scored on a rebound of a Cale Makar shot just over five minutes into the second. Kucherov put the Lightning back ahead with a 4-on-3 power-play goal just over eight minutes into the second period. The Avalanche again came back to tie when a Makar shot that Vasilevskiy stopped went off Erik Cernak’s skate and through the goaltender’s legs 2-1/2 minutes into the third.
Lightning 2, Avalanche 2 (2:31)We're tied early in the third period! #StanleyCup pic. twitter. com/iPwhL5hQP6— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) June 25, 2022 Mikhail Sergachev shot from the slot hits the post and richochets outRoss Colton shot blocked by Darcy KuemperFollow all the action on and off the iceSubscribe to our free Lightning Strikes newsletterWe’ll send you news, analysis and commentary on the Bolts weekly during the season. You’re all signed up! Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started. Explore all your optionsMakar misses wide after a steal in the neutral zoneBowen Byram shot from left circle saved by VasilevskiyKucherov shot goes off a skate into the cornerMakar in obvious pain after taking a shot off his footNOT CALE MAKAR pic.
[ DIRK SHADD | Times]The Stanley Cup is in the building. That’s not a good thing. At least, not yet. That’s because the Lightning are three wins away from the four needed to earn the NHL’s championship trophy. Meanwhile, the Avalanche, who lead the Stanley Cup final 3-1, can end the Bolts’ two-season reign as early as tonight in Game 5. Tampa Bay has come back from two-game deficits before, dropping the first two games to the Rangers before winning the next four in the Eastern Conference final. And it has persevered in elimination games, taking Games 6 and 7 of its opening-round series to move past Toronto. But never over the past three postseasons have the Lightning been down so far so late in a playoff series.
Lightning 1, Avalanche 0 (4:37 left)Kadri shot from in close goes off Vasilevskiy’s padsMacKinnon shot from right circle deflected wideMacKinnon beats Vasilevskiy through the legs on a breakaway but misses wideNathan MacKinnon just barely misses pic. com/3jnWnR58ni— Hockey Realm (@hockey_realm) June 25, 2022 Landeskog wrist shot saved by VasilevskiyMakar shot blocked by Hagel(Lightning lead 1-0 after one period)Pregame scouting reportLightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on a breakaway attempt by Colorado Avalanche right wing Logan O'Connor (25) during overtime of Game 4 Wednesday in Tampa.
[ DIRK SHADD | Times]Devon Toews drive from left point squeezed between pads of Andrei VasilevskiyLightning ice the puckLightning again ice the puckOndrej Palat wrist shot saved by Ondrej PalatVictor Hedman closes out Nazem Kadri against the boardsJack Johnson puts punishing hit on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare at offensive blue lineKuemper covers tip from PalatJ.
Compher penalized for high-sticking Palat, Lightning go on the power play (1-14 in series, 1 for last 20 dating back to ECF)Ross Colton shot from right circle hits Kuemper in the midsectionCale Makar bangs the puck around the boards and out of the zoneColton couldn’t get it in deep, and Andrew Cogliano clears the puckArtturi Lehkonen clears the puckNikita Kucherov looks for Palat tip in frontValeri Nichushkin prevents Corey Perry from getting puck over to Hedman at left postHedman shot defelects into the cornerAvalanche kill the penalty; Lightning had one shot on goalBowen Byram throws puck in front of the net and it’s covered by VasilevskiyVasilevskiy gloves Erik Johnson shot from left pointNazem Kadri penalized for hooking Nick Paul (6:58) on the backcheck, Lightning’s second power play in seven minutesKuemper makes glove save on fluttering shot from Perry from above the circlesToews clears the puck out of the zoneAvalanche again clear the puckNichushkin skates the puck out of the zoneToews shot wide of the netAvalanche kill the penalty and Kadri skates puck out of the zoneCale Makar shot hits KadriKuemper makes glove save on Hagel wrist shot from high in right circle (10:00)Hedman misses net from left circleKucherov shot from center point steered asideKadri shot from slot on delayed penalty gets behind Vasilevskiy but wide out of the netSteven Stamkos penalized for tripping Nathan MacKinnon as he drives to the net (11:17)Lightning clear puck out of the zonePaul shorthanded chance from the slot misses wideCernak breaks up Landeskog centering passLehkonen chance from in front goes up over the netVasilevskiy makes pad save on MacKinnon one-timer from left circleCirelli clears the puck out of the zoneBellemare forces a turnover and Lightning clear the puckVasilevskiy catches Nichushkin shot from left pointLightning kill the penaltyVasilevskiy makes right pad save on Helm shot from the high slotAlex Newhook shot from right circle saved by VasilevskiyLIGHTNING GOAL! Jan Rutta blast from right point beats Kuemper under the glove; Rutta’s first goal of the playoffs.
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